How to Pick a Sofa
Finding an excellent-quality sofa can be a feat. So many types, so many styles, so many manufacturers to consider.
Choosing can be made simpler, however, if you make a few basic considerations.
The sturdier the frame, the longer-lasting the sofa. Soft wood – for example, pine – is cheap but likely to wobble and warp in a matter of five years. Pricier oak, beech and other hardwoods are more durable in comparison. Avoid frames constructed with plastic, metal or particleboard as these could warp and crack. Legs must be part of the frame itself, or held on with pegs or screws and not simply with heavy-duty glue.
A strong frame can be held together using many different fasteners, like wooden or double wooden dowels, or metal screws and brackets. Nails and staples also come in handy for reinforcing strength.
Sofas typically come with sinuous, otherwise called serpentine springs, which are essentially groups of snaking wire. But while they provide nice support, they can put pressure on the frame or even sag after some time if the used metal isn’t heavy enough. You will likely find eight-way hand-tied springs in pricey sofas. Make sure to feel the springs through the upholstery and see if they’re firm and close together. A sofa with no springs is going to be frail and uncomfy.
Polyurethane foam is an inexpensive, low-maintenance cushion filling. The more compressed, heavier-duty kind can feel harder though, while less dense, softer varieties typically decline in quality faster with consistent use. High-resilient (HR) foam, while more expensive, provides more comfort and lasts much longer. Another affordable option is polyester fiber, but the problem is it flattens quite quickly. The combo is tastefully plump, high-priced (around twice the price of foam), and rather high maintenance. A down-polyfiber combo is inexpensive, but it flattens in no time.
Sofas for day-to-day use require durable textile. ). Another terrific choice is synthetic microfiber, which can look like any fabric, aside from being stain-resistant. While cotton and linen can be treated so they can become stain-resistant, they’re not very user-friendly, being hard to clean and easy to damage. Mixed natural and synthetic fibers can pill in a year’s time. Wool and leather are pretty and resilient but they cost a lot. Silk is high-class but easily damaged. Fabrics with printed patterns wear more easily compared to textiles whose patterns are woven into them.
Clearly, if you’re shopping for a sofa, you have tons of options available today. The best way to begin is to look for reputable manufacturers and check out their offerings.